Vote For Jenny Funderburke!!!
Last week, I posted my picks for this year’s 2012 Blog Madness Tournament. I’m happy to say that three of my four picks advanced to this week’s Final Four with only Karl Bastian not making the cut (sorry Karl, I understand Gus was actually campaigning against you). The final four is set, and it’s some hefty competition:
- Jason Martin
- Jim Wideman
- Jenny Funderburke
- West Coast CM (Anthony Prince)
So, today marks the official beginning of my “Vote For Jenny 2012” campaign. I said last week that I hoped she wins this whole thing, and this week I am trying to do something about it. I’ve been a fan of Jenny’s blog since it was called something like “Thoughts my Husband is Sick of Hearing” (I’m paraphrasing, but I’m pretty sure it was something like that). Now rebranded “Kidmin Thoughts” and hosted at JennyFunderburke.com, I sincerely believe it to be one of, if not the, best children’s ministry blogs out there. Jenny writes with a knowledgeable, and very approachable, style. I am consistently edified and inspired by her thoughts and stories.
I finally had a chance to meet Jenny in person at last summer’s CMX when she participated in Jim Wideman’s genius bar. Jenny is one of those people who makes you feel like you’re old friends from the moment you meet. She just exudes warmth and friendliness. And, as I found out at CMX, she is also a gifted speaker and presenter. I had already read most of what Jenny writes, but at CMX I had the chance to listen to her do a presentation as well, and it was perhaps the greatest testimony to how engaging she is. Let me preface this with a couple of facts. #1: I am not in preschool ministry (though I do think preschoolers are awesome, and I have one of my own). #2: I am not a momma (though I am married to one). Despite that, I hung on every word of Jenny’s presentation on “A Momma’s Non-Negotiables for Preschool Ministry.” It is the sign of a top notched speaker when they can totally engage you in something you have no personal stake in and you walk away having learned something.
As best I can tell, Jenny is much to humble to promote herself, so I plan to do it for her this week! So, join me in the “Vote for Jenny 2012” campaign. Head on over to 2012 Blog Madness Tournament and vote for Jenny today! Then, spread the word! Grab the graphic above and encourage your “people” to Vote for Jenny too. Let’s make sure that she wins this thing convincingly. Voting ends
sometime Sunday Thursday March 29 at approximately 10:00 PM EST, so head over now to vote.
Oh, and do yourself a favor and add Jenny’s blog to your favorite reader!